SNN (ScrollingNetworkNews) ✿ ✿ Our Mel and Sydney returned to their nesting box with plenty of bonding occurring..but after 2.5 months of Sydney in the box from Dec 2013 to mid Feb 2014, the lack of prey gifts from Mel ( perhaps due to the severe and historic drought underway in California)and they have forgone the nesting process this year as many other raptors ✿ Compared to other owls of similar size, the Barn Owl has a much higher metabolic rate, requiring relatively more food. Pound for pound, Barn Owls consume more rodents – often regarded as pests by humans – than possibly any other creature. ✿ We remind viewers that sometimes owlets may not survive - the parents will dispose of things in "The Owl Way" -viewer discretion is advised, this is nature and the "Owl way". ✿ ~ ✿ “Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ✿ Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius." ~ E.O. Wilson

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Animal Story

This colorful critter is the Blue-headed Tree Agama (Acanthocercus atricollis) and its bright colors aren't to tell predators it's poisonous (because it's not) but they are used to attract the ladiiiiesssss. These lizards reach a maximum length of 15 inches and during the breeding season their blues and golds intensify.

To attract mates, the males will repeatedly bob their heads up and down [suggestively ;)] as if saying "Ya, yaaaa you like this baby." Or something along those lines. Luckily for the boys, they don't have to worry about a single female giving the A-OK. These guys are polygamous and males may hold six or more females in their territory for breeding. So if one says no, there's a good chance another will say YES!